• The True Value of Sheffield’s Threatened Trees

    The true value of the trees around us is often overlooked, because the services they are performing for us are invisible to the naked eye. Their impact on the environment is huge, but is often not appreciated until it is gone. The Tree Charter seeks to ensure that this hidden value is recognised, and that […]

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  • The human cost of tree felling in Sheffield

    Months of regular protests involving hundreds of local residents are testament to the strength of feeling about the controversial programme of street tree felling in Sheffield. One of the frustrating things for those opposed to the activity has been the Council’s oft-repeated claim that those opposed to the fellings represent only a small number of […]

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  • Trees for All

    By Matt Larsen-Daw, Project Lead for the Tree Charter Trees and woods have the power to enhance our lives in many ways, providing physical and mental health benefits, spaces for fun and relationship building, and opportunities for jobs in forestry management, arboriculture, conservation, timber production, woodcraft and more. Backed up by a wealth of evidence, […]

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  • Sheffield’s Memorial Trees

    The situation with Sheffield’s Street Trees has been well documented in recent months. Over 30 World War One memorial trees are under threat of felling in Sheffield, along with hundreds of other mature street trees. Communities across Sheffield are campaigning against this.   A Charter Branch event Crookes, Western Road & Walkley Tree Action Group […]

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  • How my Love Affair Started.

    When I was about 5 or 6 our house backed onto my school playing field. On the border between us, on the school side, was a magnificent Sweet Chestnut tree. One Saturday morning some contractors turned up and chopped it down. Apparently I literally cried all day over this “horrible” event. That was when my […]

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  • Save our Trees.

    There are so many benefits from being around trees. This is especially so where I live in Sheffield, where mature street trees are being needlessly felled by private contractors who benefit from the felling, rather than managing and protecting them over the years. In other words more profit is made from felling, rather than proper […]

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  • In Celebration of Trees – An Exhibition About Sheffield’s Street Trees

    Sheffield’s Street Trees As you may have seen over the past few months, residents in Sheffield have been fighting to save their street trees. The City Council has been felling trees, citing safety concerns and expense. But the residents of Sheffield have been fighting back. Thousands of trees have already been felled across Sheffield, which […]

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  • The Tree Opposite

      The view from my window I live in Sheffield, in a terraced house with an attic, and the front window on each floor looks out on a tall London plane on the pavement opposite. I’m on edge, waiting for it to be chopped down. From my ground floor window I see its long green-brown […]

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  • Whose Trees These? Lessons We Can Learn From Sheffield

    By Matt Larsen-Daw, Woodland Trust With just a year to go until the launch of a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People, recent events in Sheffield have brought to light just how much this campaign is needed to reconnect society with the value of trees to people. In Sheffield last week, residents were shocked […]

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  • All aboard to save a very special elm

    On a rainy Thursday in Sheffield, hundreds of local people turned out for a unique event – a chance to get up close and personal with the canopy of a magnificent street tree that they would usually pass far beneath, thanks to an open topped bus parked alongside. The tree in question is a healthy […]

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